One full month into the NBA season is usually a good time for a quick rookie review. Keep in mind that some players dont show their real potential until their third year -- some even later than that.
For instance, Lakers point guard Steve Nash didnt become a regular starter until his fifth year in the league. In Nashs first four NBA seasons, he averaged 3.3 points, 9.1 points, 7.9 points and 8.6 points, respectively.
Now, hes a former back-to-back MVP and on his way to the Hall of Fame.
So one month isnt always a good gauge. As a general rule, rookies shoot poorly and struggle mightily to defend. Almost everyone in the NBA was a major star as an amateur. So playing in the NBA is like playing in an All-Star game 82 times a year.
It only makes sense for first-year guys to need some adjustment time.
Lets take a look:
Damian Lillard, PG, Trail Blazers. The No. 6 overall pick is second on the team in scoring (18.8 ppg) and first in assists (6.2). Most nights, he looks like a young ...